Mother of son who shot brother released from jail

A Hastings mother accused of child abuse in connection with her 4-year-old son's death is now out of jail.

Amanda Pecor, 29, of 907 N. Saunders Ave. was released Monday from Hall County Corrections after $10,000 was posted for her bond.

Pecor's boyfriend and co-defendant in the case is Matthew Edwards, 30, of 907 N. Saunders Ave. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond with 10 percent cash needed for his release.

Pecor and Edwards each face a count of negligent child abuse resulting in death, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Pecor and Edwards pleaded not guilty to the charge on June 12. Pre-trial hearings in each case have been scheduled for July 8 at 1 p.m.

Police say Pecor's 9-year-old son shot his 4-year-old brother with a rifle on April 18.

Prosecutors say police, school and mental health officials had concerns about the 9-year-old's often violent behavior and that officials had warned both his mother and her boyfriend in the weeks before the shooting not to have guns in the house and to lock up all knives and other sharp objects.

An arrest affidavit says the mother didn't see the urgency in securing those items and made excuses for not locking them up, such as needing knives for cooking. Police found six firearms and ammunition — none of which had been locked up and were easily accessible — in the home after the shooting.

Officials also reported that the mother failed to keep several appointments with mental health workers regarding her son in the weeks before the shooting.

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